If you think soap stars don’t have to do anything to stay in shape, guess again! One Days Of Our Lives star has earned the body he has now and it did not come easy to him!
Chandler Massey says that during his hiatus from playing Will on DAYS that his body underwent some changes. To illustrate how he looked a few years ago, the Emmy-winning star posted two photos of himself on Instagram. One shows where he was in 2016 (at 191 lbs. and 30% body fat).
“I had been off Days for 3 years, and had utterly let myself go,” he candidly shares. “I rationalized my lifestyle by telling myself that once I started working again, I could easily shed the weight & be ‘camera ready.'”
A while later, Massey was back on the DAYS set but he found that returning to his former physique wasn’t as easy as returning to his role! “The fat that I had assumed was going to melt off my body like butter on a hot pancake refused to leave,” he shares.
Massey says he can’t point to a specific moment that was his turning point, but rather he believes that “it was the gradual process of learning from each failure” was what helped. He says instead of trying to cling to a fad diet, he examined his relationship with food.
While he’s more fit now, he continues to face challenges. In fact, the recent Game Of Thrones finale drove him to eat a family-size pack of cookies! However, overall, he’s met with great success. The photo on the right (below) is Massey today at 160 lbs. and having a mere 12% body fat.
“I’m not ashamed of the person on the left anymore, but damn am I proud of the man on the right.” What do you think of Massey’s evolution? Sound off in the comments section below!
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LONG POST WARNING My weight has been an oppressive obstacle for 3 years. The left picture is me in 2016, 191 lbs & 30% body fat. I had been off Days for 2 years, and had utterly let myself go. I rationalized my lifestyle by telling myself that once I started working again, I could easily shed the weight & be “camera ready”. The next year, I got the chance to prove myself right. Will Horton was back baby, and he was going to be lean, mean, & better than ever. But there was a problem. The fat that I had assumed was going to melt off my body like butter on a hot pancake refused to leave. I tried everything to get my fat cells to f*** off. Fasting, paleo, whole30, cico, keto, juicing, low carb, no carb. I tried to appeal to my vanity, pride, anger, shame. None of it worked. If you watch Days I’m sure you noticed I looked different the 2nd time around. There was a reason they gave @mrchristophersean the shirtless scenes while I chilled in plaid flannels. Some nights after crushing a box of lucky charms I told myself that this was just the journey of getting older. I was never going to be fit again, so why continue this pattern starving & binging, of quietly throwing up in the kitchen sink after my roommates fell asleep & trying to slap some willpower into me. I gave up 100 times during those 3 years. I tried again 101 times. I can’t point to a specific moment that was a turning point. Rather I believe it was the gradual process of learning from each failure. Instead of clinging to a fad diet I began to critically examine my relationship to food. I realized that my crappy eating habits were tied to negative emotional states. When I learned to recognize & deal with those emotions, I saw food for what it really is: a tool, not a bandaid. This was not a smooth journey. Just last Sunday I ate a family size pack of Oreos bc I was upset about GoT. But after each step backward I manage to forgive myself and take 2 steps forward. The picture on the right is me yesterday. I now weigh 160 lbs & have 12% body fat, reaching a goal that I wrote on my bathroom mirror 3 years ago. I’m not ashamed of the person on the left anymore, but damn am I proud of the man on the right.